Split: sights, monuments and places of interest

WHAT TO SEE IN SPLIT

What to see in Split in 1-2 days? Which Split attractions should you visit first? The article will answer all these questions, as well as tips, recommendations and other useful information.

In my opinion, Split, thanks to its large international airport, is an excellent starting point for your trip to Croatia.

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In Split you will have a great time at the numerous beaches of the clear sea, and if you want you can also go for a short excursion into the city and explore its history, culture and architecture.

Although Split is a city that is 1800 years old and there are many attractions, but most of them are: churches, monasteries, cathedrals and numerous museums that you get tired of.

Split sights in Dalmatia

The Split’s calling card is the Palace of Diocletion as it was many centuries ago.

Here I will list the most important sights of Split, in my opinion, which will answer the question: what to see in Split in 1-2 days.

A huge number of religious sites will not enumerate, here they are at every step and as they say: if you want to The choice of accommodation in Split is very important.

If the choice of accommodation in Split is still relevant for you, a useful article about the best hotels in Split by the sea will help to solve this issue.

Split sights on the map

What to see in Split?

If you are planning a trip around the country, the article about all the main sights of Croatia may be of interest to you.

Diocletian’s Palace

  • This is the calling card of the city. The palace was built for Diocletian, the emperor of the Roman Empire, after his reign (yes, in those days emperors did not rule until death), he returned to Split to his palace where he lived until the end of his days. The palace is better preserved than the Colosseum in Rome, walking around the palace you can feel the spirit of history and the atmosphere of 16 centuries ago. It is a fascinating place.
  • Fact about Diocletion’s palace: Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in the dungeon of this palace.
  • Official website: http://www.diocletianspalace.org/
  • Cost of admission: The entire palace is free, including many of the interior rooms. But entrance to the dungeon and some of the halls is chargeable, although we read everywhere on the internet that it’s free. We paid 30 Kuhns per person. For 30 Koons you get into the hall where “Game of Thrones” was filmed, if you are not a fan, there are more than enough beauties outside and it takes your breath away just to see them. My wife is a fan
  • Mode of operation: the palace itself around the clock, pay halls: 8:30-19:00 Mon-Sat; 9:00-17:00 Sat.
  • Planned time: since there are other Split attractions on the territory of the palace, it took us 2-3 hours to see them.
  • Recommendation to visit: 5 out of 5

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Diocletion Palace, the courtyard today

Diocletian's Palace What to see

The dungeon where they filmed “Game of Thrones

Marjan Park.

  • The main natural attraction of Split, well, except the sea and the beaches. It is a mountain park on the peninsula of the same name. It is easy to get from the center of Split, even on foot. The whole park is covered with greenery and centuries-old pine trees. The park has many paths, clean air, amazing views of the sea and the city. Everything is made for rest and relaxation. On the perimeter of the park there are quiet secluded beaches.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time: from 2 hours to a whole day.
  • Tips: Bring water and a snack, there aren’t many places to buy them.
  • Recommendation to visit: 5 out of 5

Marjan National Park in Split

Marjan National Park in Split. The photo was taken from the top of Marjan Park from the observation deck. There is an insanely beautiful view of the entire city and the sea.

People’s Square

  • Going through the western gate (Iron Gate) of Diocletion Palace, you get to the People’s Square. An excellent example of medieval architecture. Today here is the City Hall and the tourist infrastructure. Walking around the palace, it is impossible to pass by this square.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes if you don’t go to the gift shop or the coffee shop
  • Recommendation to visit: 3 out of 5. If you go after seeing Diocletion’s palace, nothing special. If before – “wow” and space.

Split People's Square

People’s Square in Split. Medieval buildings mixed with modern restaurants.

Temple of Jupiter

  • The temple is part of Diocletion’s palace and is a stunning structure from the outside. The ceiling alone is worth the price of admission. I recommend enjoying this masterpiece of ancient architecture from the outside. At the entrance of the temple there were two sphinxes, only one has survived.
  • Working schedule: outside the temple 24 hours a day, inside the temple: 8:30-19:00 Mon-Sat, 9:00-17:00 Sat
  • Entrance fee: 5 kuna.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes
  • Recommendation: 5 out of 5 if you don’t go inside.

Temple of Jupiter in Split

Temple of Jupiter. And outside on these steps you can just sit with a coffee and get a feel for the atmosphere.

St. Domnius Cathedral

  • It is also called the cathedral of St. Dome. The cathedral was built during the reign of Emperor Diocletion, but the bell tower was added to it only in the X-XI centuries. The cathedral is located on the territory of the palace. The main entrance doors are of particular value; pay attention to them.
  • The official site is: https://katedrala-sv-duje.business.site/.
  • Entry fee to the cathedral itself: free, but you need to buy a ticket to the crypt and bell tower.
  • Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Planned time: 20-30 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5.

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The cathedral and the observation tower of the bell tower, two sights in one photo

St. Duim’s Cathedral (observation tower and bell tower)

  • This is an extension of St. Domnius Cathedral, the bell tower that I wrote about three lines above. Below the bell tower is the crypt. At the top of the bell tower there is an observation deck and an amazing view of the city, the sea and Marjan Park. If you are not acrophobic – the climb is worth the money.
  • Cost of admission: 20 kuna for a ticket to the bell tower, it also gives access to the crypt, for 5 kuna you can buy an additional brochure (in Russian not available).
  • Mode of operation: daily from 8:00 to 19:00, Sunday 12:30 – 18:30
  • Estimated time: 30-40 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 5 out of 5

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Ticket to the Bell Tower in Split

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View from the bell tower observation deck (360 degree view)

Republic Square

  • The square is outside Diocletion Palace, which is not usual for Split :). On three sides, the square is enclosed by a single building of the city council. It is worth paying attention to this square only for its unusual location. It is as if you are in a closed space overlooking the bright blue sea.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5.

square of the republic sightseeing spot of Split

Republic Square in Split. I would live here with this view.

Diocletian’s Aqueduct

  • As you have already understood, all the signs of Roman rule in Split are there and there is more to see. The aqueduct was built by the same emperor. It was just under 10 kilometers long. And its main function was to deliver water to the palace.
  • Today, it is almost completely destroyed, but the best preserved part is shown on the map at the beginning of the article. It is located at the entrance to the city and can be seen from the road to Split airport.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time on the aqueduct: 10-15 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5.
  • Tip: If you have already seen such structures in other countries, in principle, you will not see anything new. If you have never seen one: you really need to go.

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Aqueduct of Diocletion on the outskirts of Split

Split Excursions

Split is chic to explore with local guides who know the city like no tourist does. Below is a rating of the most popular excursions in and around Split. I recommend to pay attention to the excursion to the blue cave, the excursion to Trogir and of course the gastronomic tour of the city!

Travelers from Split often take excursions to Sibenik or Makarska.

In conclusion: in the article above, I have listed the main, in my opinion, Split attractions that I was interested to see for myself. I hope after reading this article you do not have a question, what to see in Split in 1-2 days.

If you find inaccuracies – write in the comments.

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Split sights

Top 10 interesting places and sights in Split. If you try hard, you can do it all in one day. Or stretch the pleasure for 2-3 days.

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One of Croatia’s most famous resort towns, Split is located on the coast of the gentle and clear Adriatic Sea. In the heart of Dalmatia. Split is an important transport hub of Croatia. The international airport in the direction of Trogir is one of the busiest airports in the country during tourist season. It is connected by railway with Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The city station is conveniently located next to the bus station and the port.

From Split you can sail to the nearby islands (Brac, Hvar, Solta) and far islands (Korcula, Lastovo, Vis). Ferries run regularly.

Split is second only to the capital in population size. The city itself has a population of over 220 thousand people, and the population with its suburbs is over 400 thousand people. By Croatian standards, it is a large city. However, this does not at all prevent you from seeing the interesting places and sights of Split in one day.

Popular excursions in Split

The most interesting tours are the itineraries from locals on Tripster . You can start with a sightseeing tour of Split. See the iconic places in 2-3 hours, set routes for independent walks. Afterwards, treat yourself to an excursion to the pirate town of Omis. The 3.5 hour itinerary includes a walk through the places of Croatian pirates, the Cetina River Canyon, and lunch in a Croatian tavern.

What to see in Split in a day

The most prominent historical figure closely associated with Split’s sights is Emperor Diocletian. He was born in the Roman colony of Salona. It is now one of the suburbs of Split. The ruins of the amphitheater, temples, and palaces are still preserved in Salon. Diocletian ruled Rome from 284. In 305 he suddenly abdicated and returned to Split to “grow cabbage”.

On the site Diocletian ordered a palace to be built of white stone quarried on the island of Brac. This is where we will begin our review of Split’s places of interest.

1. Diocletian’s Palace

What to see in Split: Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian’s Palace – the number one tourist attraction in Split

Diocletian’s Square Palace (Croatian: Dioklecijanova palača ) has become a mini-city in the city and the #1 landmark in Split. Just as in Italy all roads lead to the Eternal City, so in Split everything converges on the white stone building. During the invasions of the Avars, the inhabitants took refuge behind the walls of the palace. This allowed the city to remain a Roman settlement for a long time, while all the surrounding area was already inhabited by the Slavs. Well, what remains of Diocletian’s palace today:

[list style=»check»] [li]Перистиль (квадратный зал для торжественных церемоний).[/li] [li]Вестибюль (круглый зал с куполом, «приемная» императора Диоклетиана).[/li] [li]Входы во дворец Диоклетиана, имеющие названия Золотых, Серебряных, Железных и Медных ворот и направленные на все четыре стороны света.[/li] [li]Собор святого Дуе (Домния), покровителя Сплита.[/li] [li]Храм Юпитера когда-то был под патронажем римской церкви. Однако сегодня это православный храм. Его также можно увидеть внутри дворца.[/li] [/list]

Subsequently, the same stone that was imported from Brac to build the palace was used to clad the White House in Washington. The Croats are proud of this fact.

2. St. Domna Cathedral

Split Cathedral and Bell Tower Domna (Split, Croatia)

Split sights: St. Domna Cathedral

The Cathedral of Split (Croatian: Dujam , Croatian: Duje ) is called the Cathedral of St. Dujm or Domna. It is located in the Diocletian’s Palace and is part of the whole complex, included in the UNESCO list. Most of all it is distinguished by a huge bell tower. It was first erected in 1100, then rebuilt at the beginning of the XX century. Since then it is one of the most visible structures in Split. You can see it from everywhere! The foundation of the Split Cathedral is Diocletian’s Mausoleum, which appeared between the 3rd and 6th centuries.

Today it is a functioning Catholic temple. The most valuable pieces of art there are the 13th century carved sashes at the entrance to the church.

3. temple of Jupiter

Jupiter’s temple (Jupiterov hram ) is another part of Diocletian’s palace that has survived. It was built during the same period of time – from 295 to 305. The entrance to the temple was guarded not by lions, as became popular later, but by two sphinxes. It was dedicated to the god Jupiter. But even if the planet Galileo had discovered around 1610, the essence of the idea would not have been any less auspicious. The temple would anyway have promoted affluence, luxury, and expansion of influence.

4. People’s Square in Split

The Clock Tower of Town Hall (People's Square, Split)

Places of interest in Split: People’s Square

From the western wall of Emperor Diocletian’s palace you can walk out to the Old Town and People’s Square with the Town Hall, another significant Split landmark. It is easy to guess that the entire historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But its heart is the People’s Square (nad Narodni trg ). In the course of its long history it has been Lovro square, Arms square and even the Master’s square. Until it became true People’s Square.

The main building on the square is the City Hall with a Gothic clock tower. According to European tradition, the City Hall of Split sits there.

5. Green Market, or Pazar

Vegetable Market in Split (Croatia)

Souvenir Market in Split

The Pazar, or Green Market (Zelena tržnica ) can be seen almost immediately behind the eastern gate of Diocletian’s Palace. As you can see, there is nowhere to go from point #1 in this city. The Vegetable Market is one of the most interesting places in Split. Especially for those who get tired of the pillars of history and like lively conversation. The Green Market sells herbs (the variety is amazing), vegetables, fruits, nuts, olive oil, cheeses and prsut. If you have a place to cook, you’re in luck – you’ve found a Klondike of the freshest natural products.

If you’re the kind of person who needs to see the sights of Split in an express version and leave, you can enjoy the colors. See the life of Croats from the inside. Although, to be fair, the market is central and therefore largely tourist-oriented. Not all locals can afford to “shop” in the center.

6. Strossmayer Park.

Behind the northern wall of Diocletian’s Palace is another landmark of Split – Strossmayer’s Park. The second name, Đardin, also occurs. Strossmayer’s Park is a green oasis in the center of the stone city. Such richness, again, can not boast Dubrovnik or any other city in Croatia. It was built during the time of the French, when Marshal Marmont demolished old buildings which, in his opinion, were of no importance. Thus a space was created in the heart of the city, which was turned into a park to the delight of the citizens and tourists.

The most famous structure in Dardin is the Putto fountain, decorated with the figure of an angel. In Strossmayer Park, you can stroll along the paths, sit on the benches, and lie on the lawns. Better yet, have a picnic with wine, cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. The main thing is to wrap a bottle of alcohol in paper.

Near the northern entrance to the palace there is an interesting sculpture by sculptor Ivan Meštrović: a monument to bishop Grgur of Nin. In the 10th century, he fought for the preservation of the Croatian language and culture.

7. Riva embankment

Riva embankment, Split, Croatia

View of the waterfront and Split harbour

Behind the southern wall of the palace is the promenade and port. The main promenade is called Riva (Chorv. Riva ). None of Split’s competitors, luxury cities such as Dubrovnik or Zadar, can boast such a spacious, wide and long avenue. Riva is the white-washed pride of the resort, on which the most expensive restaurants and stores of the city are located. In the port, adjacent to the waterfront, lazily sway yachts. And along the lush palm trees, elderly vacationers stroll around in formal wear and young people scurry around on skateboards.

Locals make romantic appointments on the Riva for gatherings and get-togethers with friends. Or quietly sip coffee at a table overlooking the sea.

8. Fruit square.

Fruit square (Trg Brace Radic), Split, Croatia

Take a break from sightseeing at Fruit Square!

Another place you can see in Split in one day is Fruktova Square (Trg Brace Radic ). It takes its name from the times when there was a fruit market. It is interesting mainly because it is loved by locals. They too need somewhere to spend time while tourists occupy the perimeter of the palace and the People’s Square.

On Fruktova Square there is the 15th century Venetian Tower, the 15th century statue of the Croatian writer Marulić and the 17th century baroque facade of the Milesi family palace. But more importantly, here you can eat at home and drink excellent coffee. All the taverns on Fruktova Square can be recommended.

9. Split museums for all tastes

Split City Museum, Croatia

What to see in Split: City Museum

If we continue talking about the sights of Split, we must pay attention to the large number of various museums:

[list style=»check»] [li]Археологический музей (Archaeological Museum) — один из старейших музеев. Можно увидеть экспонаты времен неолита и греко-римского периода;[/li] [li]Городской музей Сплита (Split City Museum) — находится в северо-восточной части дворца Диоклетиана. В основе коллекции картины и произведения искусства, привезенные семьей Папалик из Салоны. Можно также увидеть документы и карты, посвященные истории Сплита.[/li] [li]Этнографический музей (Split Ethnographic Museum) — интереснейшее место, включенное во многие обзорные экскурсии по Сплиту. Коллекция представляет собой собрание народных костюмов и тканей, украшений и орудий труда, изделий из керамики и интерьеров городских домов XIX-XX веков.[/li] [li]Морской музей (Croatian Maritime Museum) — занимает здание крепости Грипе VII века. Экспозиция посвящена истории хорватского судоходства.[/li] [li]Галерея Ивана Мештровича (Galerija Mestrovic) — построена по проекту самого архитектора, скульптора и художника. Экспозиция состоит из 192 скульптур.[/li] [/list]

To visit them all in one daylight hours is not only not realistic, but also not necessary. If you are short of time, it is better to walk along the promenade, wander the streets of the Old Town or relax in the shade in Strossmayer Park.

10. Bačvice Beach

In the city limits there is Bacvice beach – on the west side of the bay. It is regularly included in the list of Split’s must-see tourist attractions, which is worth leaving for the final tour. Have lunch, go for a swim, and have a good rest. The idea is not bad, but during the tourist season this sandy beach is not too crowded. And the sea near Bachvice is rather shallow. For children it is fine, but an adult, in order to get to the depth, will have to walk a few dozen meters on water.

So for fans of rocky beaches, we recommend beaches Bene and Kasjuni outside the city. There are picturesque views and fewer people.

But the disadvantage is that these beaches are outside Split. To Bene, located in the park area near the hill Marjan, you can take bus number 12. You can walk to Kasunja from Bene through the forest. Note that you may need special shoes on this coast. To avoid cutting yourself on sharp rocks or stepping on a sea urchin.

Where to stay in Split

The best location for a hotel in any city is an equal distance from the train station and the city center. So you can walk there and there when you need to. In Split the situation is even better – you’ll find the bus station and the port right next to the Split Railway Station. After sightseeing you can explore the immediate surroundings.

Hotel Villa Diana

Address: Ulica kralja Zvonimira 29, Split

Split Hotels: Hotel Villa Diana

The Villa Diana building

The family house Villa Diana is one of the coziest places in Split if you want inexpensive but good-quality accommodation. It is close to the port: the ferries to the islands depart from there. You don’t have to limit yourself to sightseeing in Split. Very welcoming hosts and amazing breakfast.

Hotel Adriana

Address: Obala hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 8, Split

Hotel Adriana (Split, Croatia)

Standard Room at Hotel Adriana

Three star hotel in the center of Riva promenade . The location is ideal: 7 minutes to the train station, 5 minutes to Diocletian’s Palace. Walking distance to the popular beach Bachvice is 10 minutes. Rooms are simple, but everything you need is there. Air conditioning, free wi-fi, view of the sea or Old Town. Breakfasts are in the price.

Even if you are staying in Brela, Baška Voda, Omiš, Makarska, Trogir or any other resort on the Split and Makarska Riviera, take at least a day trip to Croatia’s second largest city. The sights of Split are an opportunity to touch ancient Roman history. And to see a unique structure – Diocletian’s Palace.

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